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#505817 - 07/12/15 05:23 AM DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed  
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Marty Offline
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In a meeting held on Wednesday, July 1st, the Belize Veterinary Association (BVA), Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSB) and Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) agreed to renew Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and co-owner of the San Pedro Animal Hospital (SPAH), Laurie Droke’s license. After receiving complaints about the establishment, the VSB was contemplating not renewing Droke’s license for 2015, which is needed to operate veterinary clinic legally.

According to Doctor Miguel DePaz- Chief Veterinarian Officer, Director of Animal Health at BAHA and Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board, while they will be renewing Droke’s license, SPAH will still be closely monitored for inconsistencies. “Like I had said earlier in the year, the board considered not renewing Droke’s license therefore the SPAH would not be able to operate. The main reason for this is because we had received reports that Droke was not always present at the clinic and other unlicensed veterinarians were the ones running SPHA. This is against the law. Under section 24.(1) of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (Chapter 326 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000) ‘No person shall engage in the practice of veterinary surgery or hold himself out as engaging in the practice of veterinary surgery unless that person is registered under this Act’,” said DePaz.

DePaz indicated that the decision to renew Droke’s license was due to the need for a veterinary clinic on the island. “We understand that there is a need for a full time veterinarian in San Pedro. But at the same time the laws must be upheld. We hope that with the decision we have made, SPAH rectifies its operation and conducts all activities within the laws of Belize,” said DePaz.

The San Pedro Animal Hospital is the only private veterinary clinic on the island since 2009 and provides a full range of 24 hour medical services.

In mid-July, The VSB will release a list of all registered veterinary surgeons (veterinarians), veterinary specialists and animal health technicians licensed to practice in Belize. Any person operating that is not on the list is doing so illegally and is liable for criminal charges under the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

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#505818 - 07/12/15 05:32 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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#505822 - 07/12/15 06:21 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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YEA ! This is fantastic news. Barnie, Emily and Pancita are thrilled!

#505823 - 07/12/15 06:32 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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Great that the law requires proper licenses for practitioners, but we should not loose sight of the intent of the law whilst enforcing it. The law should be about ensuring the availability quality care, and not allowing total fakes to practice. Making it difficult for a fully qualified medical practitioner to obtain a license to practice is just plain wrong. People-doctors face the same difficulties in licensing here.
We all loose with the protectionist mentality. The vets at SPAH are good practitioners. Aiding (not blocking) in licensing should be the aim of the authorities. Hopefully the people in charge have realized this and we can move forward in a collaborative spirit.
When we have "too many" good vets, and "too many" good physicians, then we can consider limiting licenses based on quotas ..... Doubtful that will be soon.

#505825 - 07/12/15 07:50 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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Ah yes, one of the shortcomings of a democracy. Politicians writing laws, bureaucrats enforcing them and judges interpreting them when all too often none of the above posses the quality of common sense.

#505829 - 07/12/15 11:55 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: bywarren]  
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azbob Offline
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Great news and extra special GREAT for the animals!!

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#505830 - 07/12/15 06:50 PM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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I just informed Zeke and he is smiling. grin A good day for the animals on Ambergris Caye. Dianne is correct though, they should make it a little easier to have a qualified Vet but instead they look for ways to make it difficult.

I've heard that the "complaints" came from a personal problem with someone at the SPAH and nothing to do faulty pet care.

Formerly from somewhere on a beach in Belize
#505843 - 07/13/15 09:42 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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Good Morning Jim
Are you here on the island? If so, stop by. There are things I never put in writing.

Take only pictures leave only bubbles
#505853 - 07/13/15 04:57 PM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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No I'm off Island and not planning to return until January. There are some things that most people are uncomfortable publicly commenting on a message board. Smartly so on a small Island. wink

Formerly from somewhere on a beach in Belize
#506118 - 07/25/15 11:33 AM Re: DVM Laurie Droke’s License Renewed [Re: Marty]  
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Really, really happy to hear this. SPAH has helped us out numerous times where the vet wasn't in at SAGA. There is more than a need for both of these wonderful services on the island. Well done!!

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